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Today it is mostly a port facility for shipping oil.
El Alamein played a major role in the outcome of World War II. Two extended battles were fought in that area:
- At the First Battle of El Alamein (July 1 – July 27 1942) the advance of Axis troops on Alexandria was blunted by the Allies.
- At the Second Battle of El Alamein (October 23 – November 4, 1942) Allied forces broke the Axis line and forced them in a retreat that took them all the way back to Tunisia.
There is a local war museum with collectibles from The Battle of El Alamein and other North African Battles. Visitors can also go to the Italian and German Military Cemetery on Tell el-Eisa Hill just outside the town. There is also a Commonwealth war cemetery with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the British side.
In 2004, Swiss hotel company Movenpick Hotels & Resorts opened the luxury five-star Movenpick Resort & Spa El Alamein. The hotel is one of the most luxurious on the Mediterranean Sea coast, offering new facilities and spacious rooms. Various other hotel groups have expressed interest in expanding into El Alamein.
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